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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Sizzling week set to be even hotter than the Algarve

Roly the Tibetan terrier and Kate O’Callaghan from Sutton were among those enjoying the good weather in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
Roly the Tibetan terrier and Kate O’Callaghan from Sutton were among those enjoying the good weather in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Dublin will be hotter than Playa del Ingles and Praia da Rocha next week, with temperatures potentially soaring to a sizzling 29C.

Next Wednesday, Dublin, south Leinster and the midlands are expected to prove an astonishing 8C warmer than Gran Canaria and 5C hotter than the Algarve.

With seaside hotels, guesthouses and traders reporting a brisk upturn in business, Ireland is set to enjoy some of its best summer weather since 2013 over the next seven days.

Bright

However, Met Eireann has warned that it will only be an official heatwave if temperatures stay at 20C and above for five consecutive days.

Despite the sunny weather people have been warned not to swim at Rush South Beach.

Fingal County Council said this was due to the risk of deterioration in water quality following an emergency sewage overflow.

The notice is precautionary pending the outcome of laboratory analysis on bathing water samples which will be taken on Monday.

The forecaster stressed Ireland will slowly ease into the fine summer weather, which is expected to have peak temperatures next Wednesday and Thursday, as a massive warm front from southern Europe stalls over Ireland.

Temperatures will reach a maximum of 23C today with west Connacht and Ulster having the coolest temperatures of around 17C.

However, all parts of the country will enjoy bright sunshine and largely cloud-free skies.

From tomorrow, the mercury will steadily begin rising - and could reach a searing 29C by Wednesday, with the hottest temperatures predicted for south Leinster and the midlands.

All parts of Ireland will enjoy bright sunshine with clear skies and nothing more than morning mist for the coming six days.

However, Met Eireann's Deirdre Lowe stressed that sea breezes around coastal areas will make beaches feel significantly cooler than the 25C to 29C in inland areas.

The fine weather has proved a boost for traders.

Soared

Sales of ice cream, cider, barbecue foods, garden furniture and even flowers have soared over the past fortnight.

Irish Hotel Federation members are also reporting great trade, with a number of high-profile concerts and festivals nationwide.

US singer-songwriter Billy Joel is playing a sell-out concert in Dublin tonight.

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